Dinner with Lord Astor, Flanders, 18th February 2014

Dear Oxonian,

We have received the following invitation from the Harvard Club of Belgium. There are a few Committee members interested in going, so do not hesitate to join us.

Best wishes,

Oxford Society of Belgium

Invitation by the Harvard Club of Belgium:

The Harvard Club of Belgium has invited Lord Astor of Hever to speak to our club at the Castle of the Princes de Merode in Westerlo. Per my discussion with the British Ambassador to Belgium, we would like to invite the members of the 3 prominent UK schools, LSE, Oxford and Cambridge, to join our members for this event.


Please let me know whether you have any interest in circulating this invitation to your members. If so, you can forward our invitation and your members can register with our club’s assistant Ms. Rabe. The fee for your members will be the same as for our members as laid out in the invitation.




Benjamin Van Oudenhove


Former President Harvard Club of Belgium

Dear Harvard Alumni,

HCB Dinner with Lord Astor of Hever

We are truly pleased to invite you to a formal dinner conference with John Jacob Astor VIII, 3rd Baron Astor of Hever.  Baron Astor is a Conservative elected hereditary peer in the UK House of Lords and currently, a Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State at the British Ministry of Defense and a prominent member of the House of Lords.  Baron Astor will talk to us about the Great War based on his personal experiences and the impact the Great War had on his family who lost several members in Flanders.

The dinner will take place on

Tuesday, 18th February 2014 at 8:00 pm

at the Castle of the Princes de Merode in 2260 Westerlo, Polderstraat 51.

Baron Astor is a member of the Astor family, notable for its prominence in business,society, and politics in the United States and England during the 19th and 20th centuries. For many years, the members of the Astor family were known as "the landlords of New York". Their New York City namesakes are the famous Waldorf-Astoria Hotel, an Astor Row, Astor Court, Astor Place, and Astor Avenue in the Bronx, where the Astors used to stable horses. The neighborhood of Astoria, Queens, is named after the family as well.

Honoring the commitment to social responsibility, Lord Astor actively contributes to many charities and organization such as the Durand Group (WWI Research), the Westerham Branch of the Royal British Legion, the "Astor of Hever Trust", the "League of Friends of Edenbridge Hospital", the "Kent Youth Association", the "Bridge Trust", the "Aquarian Opera", the "Edenbridge Music & Arts Trust", "Worldwide Volunteering for Young People", the Motorsport Industry Association, theEarl Haig branch of The Royal British Legion, the "Eden Valley Museum", and the Kent County Royal British Legion.

As the grandson of the Field Marshal Earl Haig, the commander of the British Army for the last 3 years of WWI, he took up the responsibility within the Ministry of Defence for the Great War commemorations.

If you would like to join us for this event, please confirm your participation before the 10th February 2014 to either this email address:harvardclubbelgium@mckinsey.com.

The fee for this event will be 70 € for members and 80 € for non-members (guests and non-members alumni). Please make the payment on our club’s account to guarantee your registration.  We would like to remind you that we do not reimburse cancellations after the deadline date.

Bank account details

IBAN: BE02 0682 4432 4940  -  BIC: GKCCBEBB

Communication: your name and date of event

Should there be enough interest, a bus could be organized leaving Brussels at 7 pm and returning from the castle of Westerlo at 10.30 pm. The participation fee will be around 15 € per person depending on the number of participants. Please let us know whether you would like to reserve a seat on the bus.

We hope you will be able to join us at this event, and look forward to seeing you all there.

Sincerely yours,

Salomé Cisnal de Ugarte Benjamin Van Oudenhove
President Board Member